Glide on your skis, Auli

A beautiful hills station surrounded by dense forests and snowy mountains.

Having clean environment and glittering slopes makes it a perfect place for skiing, yes you heard that right. Skiing in India is possible you don’t need to pay a visit to Europe or some other remote places in the world. Situated 2800 meters above the sea level, it is a landmark to various mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and Kamat Kamet. It is hugely believed that Shankaracharya had blessed Auli during his visit. Auli can be visited all around the year, but it gets crowded during the summers. Auli is known for its ropeway which is the largest in Asia. Though the place is best for Skiing, honeymooners and family could also enjoy this destination. Cable cars (Rope way) are the most popular means of transport here. One could also ride buses, but they are irregular.

For food lovers:  Auli’s extreme location makes food options quite limited. Only a few hotels and resorts will be most available choices. Garhwali cuisine is the most prominent form of cuisine here. It includes a variety of dals, leafy vegetables and rice. Kachmauli, Singhori, Bal Mithai are some popular choices from the local cuisine. For instant snacks and hot beverages like tea and coffee one could look for local street side stalls.

Here are some top places to visit in Auli: 

  • Gurso Bugyal: 

    Located at an extreme elevation of 3,056m above the sea level and just 3km trek from Auli, Gurson Bugyal is an extremely remote location where visitors could explore the wonders of mighty Himalayas with mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Dron. Trekkers could even extend their trek and explore nearby Chattarkund which is just 1 kilometer away.

  • Kwani Bugyal: 

    Another remote location, Kwani Bugyal is situated 12km away from Gurso Bugyal with an elevation of 3380m above the sea level. In the recent time, it has become a popular destination among the trekkers. It is close to paradise for nature lovers and trekkers. June to September are the best months to visit this exotic place. Otherwise winters are extreme in this region and it becomes highly dangerous with various storms.

  • Trishul Peak: 

    Located at a peak of 7120m. Trishul Peak is a combination of three different mountain peaks creates the ultimate Trishul peak. This group of mountains creates the southwest corner of the ring of peaks which encloses the famous Nanda Devi Sanctuary. This peak can be best seen from the Kausani.

  • Trekking: 

    Auli is quite famous for some of the finest Slopes in the Himalayan range of mountains. Trekking is challenging and adventurous at the same time. Having peaks of about 2000 to 3000m makes trekking a challenging task for trekkers. Peaks like Nanda Devi, Mana paravat, Joshimath, Dunagiri are some popular peaks for trekking. For easier challenges, one could try trekking ranges of Tali, Kuari pass, Khulara and Gorson, though they are also quite challenging for a beginner to begin with. This is mainly due to the extreme terrain in the entire region.

  • Rudraprayag: 

    Rudraprayg is the meeting point of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. It remains busy throughout the year as falls in the way towards pilgrim places Badrinath and Kedarnath temples.

  • Nandaprayag: 

    famous for the confluence of the two holy rivers- Alaknanda and Mandakini. Nandaprayag remains as the entry point to the pilgrim journeys towards Badrinath and Kedarnath. You can also visit the temple near the banks of river Alaknanda. It also attracts a lot of devotees every year.

  • Chenab Lake: 

    This lake offers a calm and serene atmosphere. Tough it is not that popular among the tourist thus the area remains less crowded. Making it the perfect place for people for looking for peace.